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Karachi + Lahore Ground Stations

On 29 October 2010, Beijing agreed to lend Islamabad the money to build a main ground station in Karachi and a backup in Lahore for the Chinese-built Paksat-1R communication satellite. October 29, 2010,Ambassador Masood Khan signed a loan agreement on behalf of Economic Affairs Division with the Exim Bank of China for the Paksat-1R Satellite ground control segment project in Beijing. Paksat-1R was launched on August 11, 2011 replacing the current communication satellite Paksat 1. It is one of the hallmarks of Pakistan-China cooperation. A contract for the project was signed between SUPARCO and China Great Wall Industry Corporation in the presence of President Asif Zardari in Beijing in October 2008. The contract for the ground control segment of the satellite was signed in October 2009 during Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani's visit to China. A Framework Loan Agreement between the two governments was signed in June 2010. Under the agreement, the Chinese government would provide RMB 86.5 million concessional loan for the ground control segment.

Speaking on this occasion, Ambassador Masood Khan said the agreement has further promoted Pakistan-China cooperation in the field of science and technology and the satellite will become a symbol of Pakistan-China friendship. He said that once completed, the project will bring immense economic benefits to Pakistan. Pakistan and China share a long history of space technology cooperation. Pakistan's first low orbit satellite, Badr-1 was launched by China in 1990. The two countries have continued to enhance their cooperation in peaceful applications of space technology under an agreement signed in 1991.

On 30 November 2011, Lahore and Karachi ground stations were successfully delivered. The first ground station of Paksat-1R was established near Lahore in Kala Shah Kaku. Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani inaugurated Pakistanís 1st high tech Ground Station for the Communication Satellite Paksat-1R. The satellite Paksat-1R will serve Pakistani needs for next fifteen years. The second ground station will be set up in Karachi. The satellite has in-built monitoring features controlled through the Satellite Ground Station (SGS) that Pakistan set up with Chinaís help.

After successful tests in the orbit, Pakistanís first Remote Sensing Satellite (PRSS-1) and Pakistanís indigenous Technology Evaluation Satellite (PakTES-1A) became fully operational on 14 August 2018. The control of PRSS-1 Satellite was successfully transferred to ground control stations in Pakistan, a statement issued by the Planning Commission said. The satellites were successfully launched from theJiuquan Satellite Launch Centre, China, on July 9, 2018. According to the statement, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk have appreciated the efforts of Suparco engineers and scientists in achieving yet another milestone in the space domain, coinciding this feat with Pakistanís 71st Independence Day.

In 2011 a 7 member delegation of Pakistan strategic command visited Chinese beidou satellite navigation command and inked agreements with them. As a result of this agreement,Pakistan has full access to Beidou's military grade secure navigation signal, which is more fool proof,resistant to jamming and spoofing and more accurate than the civilian grade signal available to all in the satellite coverage area. China has a Beidou satellite tracking station in Karachi, run by Pakistan. Beidou allows its licensed users to have a piece of hardware. A beidou command station. That allows two way communication with beidou using vehicle.

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